A Handful of Films: May 2016 in Films

May was another slow month for me. I think once I get more adjusted to my move (and actually get completely unpacked!) I’ll get more into the groove of watching films again. I only saw  10 (ten!) new-to-me movies in May. Although I did a lot of re-watching; revisiting films I hadn’t seen in year like Girl, Interrupted reminded me why it meant so much to 20-something me and Autumn In New York reminded me that it is still not a very good film. I also re-watched favorites such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Longest Day, The Best Years of Our Lives, and The Big Parade. I’m also thisclose to finishing my Mad About You complete series re-watch before my 30th birthday. Lastly, I revamped my 100 Favorite Movies (As Of Right Now) list. As always, you can see everything I watched in May after the cut.


  1. Too Late
  2. Dumbland
  3. Hollywood Canteen
  4. Purple Rain
  5. Money Monster
  6. A Bigger Splash
  7. The Meddler
  8. The Perfect Guy
  9. The Lobster
  10. Battle of the Bulge (1965)

1880s: 0
1890s: 0
1900s: 0
1910s: 0
1920s: 0
1930s: 0
1940s: 1
1950s: 0
1960s: 1
1970s: 0
1980s: 1
1990s: 0
2000s: 1
2010s: 6

While I watched The Perfect Guy twice (yes, really), I can’t say it’s a film everyone would even consider “worth watching,” but I enjoyed the heck out of it. Which brings me to the only film I watched last month that I really want to talk about:

The Lobster, 2016 (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)


I guess this movie is a 2015 release in the rest of the world, but I’m going by U.S. release date (so there!). God I loved this movie. It’s very mordant (read: dry, dark humor), but also insanely romantic. And so so so funny. I saw it at the Midtown Art Cinema here in Atlanta and I was not alone in my laughter (which I was afraid I would be). Colin Farrell better when himself another Golden Globe for this (it’s up there in top CF performances with In Bruges). Yesterday (today as I’m writing this), Colin Farrell celebrates his 40th birthday. In 30 days (31 as I’m writing this), I will be celebrating my 40th. I’ve been a fan of Colin Farrell since I was 15. That’s approaching half of my life now. He never disappoints. Stay gold, Mr. Farrell.

Lots of great films coming out in June. I also hope to get back on the #52FilmsByWomen bandwagon in earnest. See you at the movies!


About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on June 1, 2016, in 2016 in Films and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I can’t wait to see The Lobster, my theater has it on their website as “coming soon.” I was afraid we wouldn’t get it at all. I haven’t seen any of the other ones you’ve watched this month.

  2. Yesssss to The Lobster! I think I’m seeing it this weekend! Can’t wait!

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